CARLO OBISPO’S “1-2-3” OPENS THE 12th CINEMALAYA PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENT FILM FEST ON AUGUST 5 AT THE CCP
CARLO Obispo’s 1-2-3 will open the 12th Cinemalaya Philippine Independent Film Festival on August 5-14 at the Cultural Center of the Philippines.
1-2-3 will be shown at 7 p.m. following the Cinemalaya opening ceremony at 6 pm on August 5. The event is open to the public.
1-2-3 follows the overwhelming circus of unfamiliar and harsh realities of a country boy’s search to find his sister, locked up in a brothel. Luis is just one of the teenage boys in the idyllic and fishing island of Silag. He goes through the issues of adolescence with his childhood sweetheart, Maricar, while his younger sister, Lulu busies herself by joining amateur singing contests in hopes of becoming a star. One day, a talent manager discovers her singing and offers her to undergo vocal coaching in Manila, and later to join a popular TV singing contest. Lulu eagerly takes the opportunity and leaves for the city, thinking her dreams are finally coming true. However, after a few months, Lulu’s family loses communication with her. This drives Luis to go to Manila in search for his sister.
In the cast of 1-2-3 are Carlos Dala as Luis, Barbara Miguel as Lulu, Therese Malvar as Maricar, Sue Prado and Patricia Javier.
Director Obispo also wrote the screenplay of the 1-2-3.
Obispo is a Cinemalaya alumnus. He directed his first full-length film Purok 7, which was one of the finalists in the full-length feature category in the 2013 Cinemalaya. Born and raised in Camiling, Tarlac, Carlo ‘Arc’ Obispo went to Saint Louis University to major in Philosophy, minor in Communication Arts.
This year’s Cinemalaya carries the theme “Break the Surface”. Nineteen new digital independent films will compete in the full-length feature and short feature categories. In addition to the Main Competition, Cinemalaya will offer Festival’s Best, Asian Showcase, Cinemalaya Documentaries, Tribute to Francis Pasion, and Cinemalaya Institute showcase. The Cinemalaya Campus, a major component of the Festival, will be held on August 9-10 at the CCP Little Theater. The Gawad CCP Para sa Alternatibong Pelikula at Video, which is considered the longest-running independent film competition of its kind in the ASEAN/Asian region, will have its 28th run during Cinemalaya.
Cinemalaya is a project of the Cinemalaya Foundation, Inc., the Cultural Center of the Philippines and the Ayala Malls Cinemas. Established in 2005, Cinemalaya is an all-digital film festival and competition that aims to discover, encourage and honor cinematic works of Filipino filmmakers.
One of the Stagers we really do admire is Mr. Kevin Posadas. Very unaffected kasi ang attitude niya, innocent-looking, pure and gentle. Kaya naman napakaganda ng impresyong nailikha ni Kevin sa blogger na ito. Plus, the fact na sa oras na mapanood mo siyang umaarte na sa gitna ng entablado, mapapamangha ka talaga sa husay at galing niya. Kakaiba. Kakaloka.
Huli naming napanood si Kevin sa dulang Abattoir na naging isa sa mga dulang itinanghal nuong nagdaang Summer Theater Festival ng Philippine Stagers Foundation. Sayang lang nga at hindi competing play ‘yun sa nabanggit na Summer Fest, kasi, napakahusay ni Kevin sa dulang iyon. Napaka-memorable ng pagganap niya duon bilang isang ‘lost soul’ na napunta sa isang slaughter house at napatay mismo nu’ng may-ari ng slaughter house na iyon which happened to be his long, lost father. Kaya maski horror ang genre nu’ng nasabing play, napaiyak kami sa death scene ni Kevin sa dulang iyon. Pati paghingal niya, pagkurap ng mata, pagsambit ng mga salita- grabe, napakahusay talaga. Isa si Kevin sa mga ‘underrated actors’ ng PSF. Bihira siyang mapuri at iyon ang nakapagtataka.
Anyway, alam naman ni Vince Tanada ang tunay na kakayahan ni Kevin, kaya ito ang kinuha niya bilang alternate kay Kierwin Larena (kasama din palang alternate sa role na iyon ang New Stager na si Daniel Cruz) para sa role na Greg sa dulang KATIPS (Ang Mga bagong Katipunero), ang isa sa mga male lead character ng play, aside from the role of Panyong (na ginagampanan naman alternately nina Vince Tanada at Jomar Tanada Bautista).
Alam ni direk Vince, magagampanan din ng husto ni Kevin ang character na iyon sa nabanggit na musical play- dahil kaya-kayang ni Kevin na “mag-transform” into ‘different kinds of emotions and feelings’ na hinihiling nung papel.
Pero for Kevin, what made him fully embrace into the character of Greg?
“For one, maganda ‘yung material and the role as well”, bungad na sagot ni Kevin in one coffee break sa kanilang rehearsals ng play. “Very naturalistic lang ang ginawa kong approach sa character ko as Greg. Na tulad ng ibang mga taong nagmamahal sa bayan niya, I wanted to show, through Greg’s character, that your love for country is greater than anything else. It surpasses any forms or labels of LOVE. It goes beyond boundaries. And you are willing to give-up everything for the great love that you feel for your country.”
At tila nga yata napakasarap na gampanan ang ganitong uri ng character sa anumang forms or mediums of performing arts, di ba? Lalo pa’t sa kaso ni Kevin, nakita na niya ang kahalagaan ng dulang ito magmula pa nuong bata pa siya.
“Before kasi, I think that was the year 2007, I first became a production staff pa lang ng play na ito”, pagri-reveal ni Kevin. “I already saw the whole play at that time, at bata pa ako noon. Kaya alam kong maganda talaga ang play na ito. This year, may mga binago lang ng kaunti si direk Vince, mga minimal revisions sa dula. Pero mas lalo lamang itong gumanda ngayon.
“Minulat na ng play na ito ang aking kasipan, maski pa nuong bata pa lamang ako”, dugtong ni Kevin. “Kaya mahalaga sa akin ang play na ito. At muli, nagpapasalamat ako kay direk Vince dahil kinuha niya akong muli para gumanap rito.”
First time din ni Kevin na maka-eksena sa gitna ng entablado si Vince Tanada, muli para sa dulang KATIPS.
“Dati-rati kasi, ako ang laging alternate sa role niya kaya hindi ko siya nakakaeksena”, sabi pa ni Kevin. “At ngayon lang talaga kami nagkaroon ng mga scenes together dahil iba ang papel na ginagampanan niya.
“Maganda ang rapport namin ni direk Vince on stage. Pero off stage, we’re best of friends talaga. Ganyan kami ni direk Vince.”
Huling tanong para kay Kevin. Magagawa ba niya sa totoong buhay ang ginawa ng character na Greg sa dulang KATIPS?
“I am not plastic, sir Robert, to tell na hindi ko pa maisip sa ngayon kung magagawa ko ba sa totoong buhay ang ginawa nu’ng character na Greg sa dula”, huling sagot ni Kevin. “All I can say now is, let’s cross the bridge when we get there. Sobrang dami nu’ng pinagdaanan nu’ng character ni Greg sa dula. Pero siya pa rin ang nagbigay ng pagasa sa lahat. Sana, may mga ganyang klase pa rin ng mga Pilipino sa panahon natin ngayon.”
Di biro ang sumulat ng awitin para sa’yo
Para akong isang sirang ulo, hilo at lito
Sa akin pang minanang piyano
Tiklado’y pilit nilaro
Baka sakaling merong tono
Bigla na lang umusbongTungkol saan naman kayang awiting para sa’yo
‘Di biro ang gawing sukat ang titik sa tono
Sampu man aking diksyonaryo
Kung ang tugma’y di wasto
Basta’t isipin ‘di magbabago
Damdamin ko sa’yo
Nasa isip ka, napapanagip ka
Kahit’san man magpunta
Nalalasing sa tuwa
Kapag kapiling ka
Araw-gabi tayong dalawa
Biruin mong nasabi ko
Ang nais kong ipahatid
Dapat mo lamang mabatid
Laman nitong dibdib
Tila sampung pa ang awitin
ang natapos kong likhain
Ito ang tunay na damdamin tanggapin at dinggin
Ang Star Magic Ball ng channel 2 ay isa sa mga pinaka-exciting events sa mundo ng entertainment scene. Dito kasi nasasaksihan ang glittering glamour ng ating mga sikat na artista at celebrities. Kaya naman, piling-pili ang mga hairdressers, HMU’s, fashion designers na magpa-participate dito (on the background). Na tila ‘sinala’ talaga. Yung mga magagaling na beauty artists lamang talaga ang napipili nila.
Kaya naman, take note. Ang kumare naming si Lenard Vasquez, isang magaling na HMU (Hair & Make-Up Artist) ang isa sa mga napiling mag-aayos sa mga bituin na magpa-participate sa Star Magic Ball na gaganapin sa Linggo, July 31.
Ayaw na lang pabanggit ni Lenard kung sino-sino ang mga aayusan niya. Pawang mga baguhang in-house talents ng channel 2 ang aayusan niya na itinatago pa sa ngayon pero ilulunsad na very soon ang mga respective showbiz careers.
Ngayon pa lang nga, ngarag na ngarag na si kumareng Lenard. Siyempre, mahirap ang preparations and all. Lalo pa’t kailangang iakma niya ang kaayusan ng artista depende duon sa gown or coat and tie na isusuot ng mga artista.
Nakita na namin ng personal ang ‘expertise’ ni kumareng Lenard pagdating sa Hair and Make-Up nu’ng maka-ilang beses na niyang ayusan ang mga male talents ng Elites Model Management ni Mr. Martin Bellosillo sa mga pictorials. Like Nikki Co, Jansen Aguilar, Gertrud Hahn and JV Benito Villegas. Talagang bongga siya kung mag-ayos. isang tingin pa lang namin habang nag-aayos siya sa mga artista, alam na naming magaling siya talaga (we should know dahil naging P.R./publisicst na kami ng mga top hairdressers like Ricky reyes and Fanny TF Serrano).
Nasa ibaba ang ilang mga hindi basta-bastang mga celebrities na inayusan na ni lenard (look at the pictures below na lang). Sosyal, di ba?
Sa darating na Linggo rin, bale lagare si kumareng Lenard. Kasi, sa umaga ay aayusan muna niya ang magandang pamangkin ng blogger na ito na si Denise Vivero for a special phot-shoot, care of our favorite high fashion photographer na si Mr. Joey Gonzales. Then, after ng photo shoot sa pamangkin namin, tatakbo na si kumareng Lenard sa channel 2 for the Star Magic Ball dahil nga may mga aayusan siya doon.
More power, Lenard! keep it up!
(words by robert manuguid silverio, photos below courtesy of Mr. Lenard Vasquez)
Feelings can never seem to hide. Dreams continue to linger, wherever you may go.
When something personal this way comes, all you’ve got to do is hide… and smile.
It was a jolly Kierwin Larena when we managed to interview him during a break in his rehearsals for the play Katips, the latest theatrical production of Philippine Stagers Foundation. He smiled so often, and his rounded but gentle eyes spoke of something within your soul. He was quick in answering questions and was sensitive enough to know the true, hidden meanings of every word you say.
This young stage actor seems to be low-key, unassuming but kind. But whenever he started acting on stage, the aura and the magnificence of his acting style could make you cry out loud.
It’s been sometime since he last performed on the theater scene, and that right question one blogger thought could be, was: “Was it hard convincing you to act again on stage?”
Kierwin smiled. Because he himself knew, the question was WRONG.
“No one convinced me to make a comeback”, he answered.“I was the one who convinced my mentor, Vince Tanada to allow me to act again, this time for Katips. I approached him one time, and I told him I so badly wanted to act again on stage. You see, it’s my tenth year now as a Stager, something so personal to me. And happily enough, direk Vince agreed and it was like a very special bonus for me.”
In the currently-running musical play Katips, Kierwin alternates with another come-backing fellow Stager, Kevin Posadas, in the male lead character as Greg. It’s such a very meaningful character that highlighted the full meaning and message of what the play was all about- because in Greg’s character, the HOPE was fulfilled.
Can Kierwin further describe the character he portrays on the play Katips?
“The role of Greg is someone who likes to take care of people”, he again answered. “He is a student leader with a great mission in life. He doesn’t mind doing brave acts and he DOESN’T like to dismiss historical facts. The character of Greg is very symbolical. It conveys a message-that what you see, what you feel within AND the factual circumstances around you, should never be denied. And he wants to fight for it.”
Oh, my. What a brave character, indeed. But characters like this one is hard to portray. Why? It’s because it’s kinda scary to portray a NPA young rebel and student leader that may endanger the very life of an actor. Did Kierwin thought about this?
“Nope, I was never afraid”, Kierwin answered mightily. “Because first of all, I am not portraying a character without me knowing the truthfulness of it or any basis for that matter. “The people who lived and participated during the Martial law years fully knows that. Those incidents actually happened, those characters really lived to tell a story. I am not afraid of showing the truth. As an artist, I must really do my part, too.”
Sometimes, people comes back… Sometimes, people had never left at all.
Sometimes, no matter how you try to run… or, escape the feelings that you feel-
You will be cornered.
And you will never know WHY.
“I left because I needed to do some personal things, some very personal things”, Kierwin declared to a blogger. “There was a point in my life that I needed to leave my acting profession for a while because I wanted to finish my law degree. I wanted to become a Lawyer…. But you see, the passion for the Arts simply MAKES ME SANE plus the fact that this is my 10th year as a Stager. Aren’t you happy at all that I came back?”, he finished answering with a question.
Not really, one blogger thought.
Because of all the scenes he saw in the play KATIPS, especially those scenes with Kierwin on it, shone so much brightness in MAGNITUDE and STYLE.
“All my scenes in Katips are challenging. I cannot pick a particular favorite because all are symbolic and so hard to deliver”, Kierwin continued on. “Most of my scenes were set during the ’70’s and ended up in 1986 at the time of EDSA Revolution. In different ages, the character had to manifest developing or growing principles in life. The character’s ideology in different periods of time is indeed a rare chance for an actor like me to portray.”
And the last question goes like this: How was it working with Vince Tanada again, after some time?
“It’s so much fun working with a friend like Vince whom I also consider as my mentor in theater”, came Kierwin’s last words. “We learn a lot from Vince. He’s there to guide us, too. He simply wants us to explore our artistry, or, our own artistic judgement, and this is actually very important for me as an actor. At Philippines Stagers Foundation, we create exceptional camaraderie. Eventually, it reflects in our performances. I mean, the unity that we all shared as a team, it produces a masterpiece like Katips.”
Wherever you may go, a soft heart goes for you.
If someone else owns you,
well, that’s something personal for you.
But what matters most…
day and night,
a heart cares…
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)
It’s easier to forgive, but harder to forget. More gentle to love, but scarier to hate. Braver to express but cowardly to hide.
In a time of sorrows, only one thing emerges:
“Hope”, Vince Tanada started saying to a blogger. “That there’s still hope amidst everything. That’s the message I so badly want to imply to everybody when I started revising and writing the play Katips. In the ending of the play, you’d see the message clearly. Parang gusto kong sabihin, na nagtagumpay pa rin ang pakikibaka ng mga tao para sa kalayaan.”
And the blogger asked: Was it a ‘yellow’ advocacy?
“No, this is not a Pro-Yellow advocacy”, Vince was quick to answer. “The play KATIPS is a re-telling of a story that happened in our lives and became a part of Philippine History. But History books were silent about it. And through my play, I want the youths to know what really happened during that time.”
Vince termed it as “the darkest era in Philippine History”. And if he’ll be given a chance, he so badly want to revise PHILIPPINE HISTORY.
“Me and my family, I do admit, were victims of Martial Law”, Vince continued saying. “We had to transfer from one place to another just to escape persecutions. I was young then, barely in my teens. It was very traumatic for me. My family was deeply affected by those people in power at that time.”
That’s why, when one blogger watched the whole play, he was so moved. The painful feelings were still so fresh via those remarkable scenes in the play. It relieved some anger, but subsided with a vision of hope.
“My Stagers all did their very best, even at the time we’re still rehearsing the play”, Vince continued on. “They were all too-passionate, so selfless in what they do, so intense. And altogether, they impressed me so much as their director.”
Great reviews about the play KATIPS were now pouring like Hotcakes in social networking sites, blog sites, and tabloids. The play, at this early, already had numerous performances in Manila and Baguio City. This pressured Vince to set a Grand Press Night and Gala Night to selected media friends on July 31 at SM North Edsa.
“I was simply so touched with all the great reviews we had so far”, Vince declared. “Our Grand Press Night will be a lot more bigger in scope and grandeur because I added some more dialogues and dances and ad-libs, too, that they will all enjoy watching. And I am inviting everyone to watch it.”
Through Vince Tanada’s gentle way of touching the hearts of the young, we know, he won’t fail.
Certainly, the play KATIPS will change the lives and ideas of the youths today,
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)
Moving-on? Yes, sometimes it happens. But most of the times, day and night, in your dreams, the memories of the one you love the most seems to be never-ending…
For an artist, in the caliber of award-winning theater director Frannie Zamora, new visions of art and style just keeps on coming-up. New updates, finer ideas, titillating and fresher “catches”- that all adds-up to the beauty of his own “divine masterpiece”.
For three years now, direk Frannie has been directing his own version of Gantimpala Theater Foundation’s longest-running play- Kanser. Last year, he made it an “all-out musical” and it became such a big hit. He got the services of Michael Pangilinan to portray Crisostomo Ibarra and the rest was history.
This year, another updated version of Kanser is gonna be seen again. Updated, in a way that, according to direk Frannie himself when a blogger chatted with him during a joy ride with a fellow theater actor Norman Penaflorinda, that this year, Kanser will be a mild musical one. Not an all-out musical anymore. Lesser music, but more dramatic scenes/highlights.
“And its a more challenging one to direct”, direk Frannie told a blogger. “Because I needed to incorporate lesser music this time but still have to present the real version of the play itself. I hired new actors to play the major roles and I am now excited to work with them.”
But it’s not that easy to create a “new song”. Sometimes, you meet new people, you linger also with old friends. But whatever it is, again, for an artist like direk Frannie, a new song brings hope to a better life, a better work, and a better love… Maybe.
“Kanser is basically a love story”, direk Frannie told a blogger again. “Its the love story of Crisostomo Ibarra and Maria Clara. A lot of people never knew that, actually. The novel was really about love. Noli Me Tangere was not the political novel that a lot of people thought it was. It was El Filibusterismo which was the political one. But Noli Me Tangere was the more personal one that focused on love and family.”
This year’s Crisostomo Ibarra is going to be Carlo Manalac, a classical singer, voice teacher and member of VIVa BOCE (a famous singing group), who was also the one who portrayed Padre Salvi in last year’s musical version of Kanser. Operatic singer KL Dizon, meanwhile, was chosen to be Maria Clara. While model and teen heart throb Jansen Aguilar will be portraying the role of Padre Salvi this year, a role that one blogger considers to be “the most dramatic and intense” character in the said play.
“Padre Salvi in Rizal’s vision is a young man, not an old one”, direk Frannie stressed. “He is a young Spanish priest with a secret desire over Maria Clara. That’s why I chose Jansen Aguilar to play that part for this year’s Kanser. While Carlo, his posture and stand very well fits the character of Ibarra.”
One, two, three.
In life, sometimes you became one, then suddenly you became two.
But when you became three, a certain calmness appears upon your life….
That’s the time you further try to move-on.
For direk Frannie Zamora, the journey has just started in…
(as the words were written by robert manuguid silverio)